Specialising in inspiring journeys and taking the road less travelled, Byroads Travel has released a number of exclusive tours to exotic lands for 2017 and 2018.
Designed with a thoughtful balance of carefully selected sightseeing and free time, guests will find they have sufficient time to themselves to explore on their own.
Guests will get to experience all the highlights of a destination whilst also taking interesting diversions to explore unique and special places discovered by Byroads Travel’s experts over many years of travel.
Groups are kept to a size of just 16 participants, allowing for diversity while at the same time making guests feel as though they are travelling with friends. Furthermore, the intimate group size allows for exclusive benefits such as access to small boutique hotels.
For 2017, Byroads Travel is offering tours to three incredible destinations; Iran, Uzbekistan and Morocco.
Moroccan Mosaic – Morocco
From its colourful souks and mud-brick Kasbahs, to the sparse fringes of the Sahara, Morocco has all the makings of a truly unforgettable travel adventure, luring in international travellers for centuries. It is the oldest kingdom in the Muslim world and successive dynasties have left a rich heritage, including historic towns, cities and an abundant supply of monuments.
Immerse yourself in Morocco’s charms on a personalised 16-day tour, headed by Australian-born and based travel expert of 30 years, Steve Mortimer. Starting in Rabat (Casablanca) on 14 September, this comprehensive tour will travel the length and breadth of the country, covering Tetouan in the north right through to the remote desert towns of Merzouga and Nkob in the south. Highlights of the tour include the kasbah-studded region in the Middle Atlas, the stunning Draa Valley, the port city of Essaouira, and the bustling city of Marrakech.
Transoxiana – Uzbekistan
With its shimmering mosques, ancient mausoleums and ornate Islamic architecture, Uzbekistan is one of the most exotic cities of the Islamic world.
Paying homage to what was once the Great Silk Road, this 13-day tour starts on 8 October in Tashkent where guests visit the Museum of Applied Arts and Chorsu Bazaar before discovering the sights of Samarkand, such as the Shah-I-Zinda complex and Registan, as well as take a side-trip to the see the remains of Timur’s palace at World Heritage-listed Shahrisabz and explore the nearby villages of Urgut and Konigil. Make more discoveries in the city of Bukhara, before travelling across the desert steppe to Khiva and exploring the stunning array of vernacular architecture, mosques, madrasas and mausoleums within her ancient mud brick walls. The tour also spends a night in traditional yurt camp, offering a glimpse into central Asian nomadic life.
Persia Unveiled – Iran
Considered to be one of the top up-and-coming must-see destinations for 2017, the ancient land of Iran is rich with history, art, traditions, customs and religions, whose people are well educated, courteous and welcoming.
Commencing in Iran’s capital city Tehran on 23 October, this 15-day tour offers a first-hand experience of Iran’s many gems. Discover Tehran’s fine museums, the beautiful gardens and bazaars of Shiraz, the ancient city of Persepolis with its incredible Apadana staircases, the tomb of Cyrus the Great, Yazd Province with its mudbrick citadels, gardens, old merchant homes and ancient villages, the fortress and Safavid icehouse of Meybod and plenty more awe-inspiring mosques, squares, cathedrals and picturesque villages.